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New Coalition Forms to Support Park51

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Groups backing Park51, the proposed Islamic cultural center and mosque near the World Trade Center site, have formed a coalition they're calling New York Neighbors for American Values.

The religious leaders, good government groups, civil libertarians and 9/11 family members in the coalition say they're concerned about religious intolerance that they say is plaguing the city and the nation.

The coalition held a news conference near City Hall on Wednesday to launch the group. Imam Abdul Baki of the Islamic Cultural Center of New York says opposition to Park51 just doesn't make sense. "Muslims have been praying in New York City for many, many years," he says. "We live here. We're part and parcel of the fabric of New York City. There's a mosque straight on Warren Street. There's a mosque straight on West Broadway."

Coalition member Donna O'Conner, who lost her pregnant daughter on 9/11, says opposition to the Park51 project is part of a frightening, nationwide trend. "We've already seen, across the country, anti-Muslim violence, rallies, protests against mosques," she says. "So this is not just a protest against the ground at Ground Zero."

Rabbi Arthur Waskow says he believes Muslims have a constitutional right to build a mosque wherever they please, and that anyone who follows the Bible has a biblical obligation to support them. "Why? Well, I could, of course, quote the Torah," Waskow says. "Love your neighbor as yourself. Don't do to your neighbors what you would find hateful if they did it to you."

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Comments [2]

Johnny Storm from Zurich, Switzerland

There are 73 sects in Muslims. Each one different from one another, some are a lot of different, like Sufi and Wahabi. Al-Qaeda is Wahabist, the most violent like Klux Klux Klan.
The people who are building this are Sufis, the most peaceful, tolerant, liberal and advanced sect of Islam, the Al-Qaeda hates Sufis more than non-muslims, cuz they are moderate. Recently, Al-Qaeda bombed a sufi shrine in Pakistan. If it is not constructed, then it is a win for Al-Qaeda.
Learn more about Sufism at wikipedia. Sufism is practised by most Muslims in countries such as Turkey, India(South), Indonesia etc. Hence, muslims of these countries are much peacefull. The America must encourage Sufis in the world.

Aug. 29 2010 02:39 PM
Mohammad Ali Khan from Potomac,Maryland.

Muslims must let go their fanatic and unreasonable set of beliefs.These beliefs are interfering in their progress in every aspect of life.

It is a culture in need of great reform.In this new center they should have a free debate, and every Muslim should be allowed to speak his or her mind.

Enough of Mullah control.

Aug. 25 2010 11:34 PM

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